Interview coaching is the secret to interviewing well and getting a job offer. It will prepare you to answer typical interview questions, as well as unusual and difficult ones, such as, behavior-based questions (more on this later).
Consider that interviewing is a high-stakes activity. Do it well and an offer of employment is likely. Do it poorly and you are rejected because it is the job interview, not the resume, that ultimately determines every hiring decision. Therefore, each and every job seeker needs to put maximum effort into interview preparation. Determined candidates practices for interviews.
Your “job” as the applicant is to anticipate the questions you may be asked, formulate impressive responses, and then deliver those somewhat rehearsed answers in a way that sounds completely natural.
Preparing yourself for the typical interview questions is essential. However, know that a skilled interviewer will not simply ask you the standard questions. He or she may also challenge you with technical questions unique to your occupation or behavior-based questions. Behavior-based questions require you to tell your interviewer about a situation that demonstrates a particular skill, often a personality trait, like tenacity or creativity. You may even be given a test to assess your personality attributes or your skill level with computer software.
Interview Practice Sessions
You will be coached on what to say in response to all types of questions and what questions you should and should not ask of your interviewer. Based on your background and the kind of work you seek, I will give you an “interview agenda.” Your interview agenda will be the most important points for you to share during interviews. These talking points may include specific accomplishments you have had that are particularly relevant to the new position, as well as personality characteristics you possess that are also related to your future success. We typically role play while rehearsing your responses. In addition, during our practice session, issues related to your speech rate, facial expressions, and body language will be addressed.
A typical interview coaching session is 1.5 hours. Some individuals need just one session while others benefit from a second session, and very rarely, a third. If we need to do additional sessions, it will only be because we both feel you need them in order to be successful on your real-life interview day. You are welcome to bring your own questions but this is NOT necessary as I always develop both basic and advanced questions in preparation for these sessions. My feedback will include very specific coaching as I will tell you exactly what to say in response to questions you have difficulty with. I will also prepare you to discuss salary issues effectively, which is often a very tricky topic to finesse.